If, for whatever reason, Devontae Booker is sitting on the waiver wire in your league…. go grab him immediately. Booker is a perfect fit for the Gary Kubiak scheme in Denver. An elusive back with great lateral agility and one-cut quickness, he has earned his share of touches. C.J Anderson was previously thought to be the lead back in this offense but has been ceding touches to Booker over the past few weeks. In the Monday night against Houston, Booker out-snapped Anderson 35 to 28, signaling a true committee. Booker has definitely earned his right as a solid flex play and is moving towards RB2 value going forward.
Consensus Ranking and Projected Stats
For week 8, Booker is ranked as the 68th Flex PPR player overall, and the 23th running back. His projections for the week:
Receiving: 2.0 catches, 14.9 yards, 0.1 TDs
Rushing: 8.9 carries, 39 yards, 0.3 TDs
Total Points: 9.2 PPR points
Current Week Match-up
This week, the Broncos host the San Diego Chargers. The total Vegas over/under is set at 44, a middling total on the week. The Chargers have one of the worst run defenses in 2016, allowing 4.1 YPC to opposing backs. Furthermore, they’ve allowed 147.6 yards per game to opposing run defenses. The Broncos will likely try to run early and often, keeping a rotation between Anderson and Booker. With both backs getting a substantial amount of carries, there’s enough production for both to return RB2 value.
A versatile back with many strengths, look for Booker to get between 15-18 touches in this game. With a weak Chargers defense, Booker should be able to capitalize on his carries and put forth a reasonable fantasy output.
Comparable Flex Starters
I’ve analyzed some comparable flex starters, along with a brief description of why I like them more or less:
RB Matt Jones, Washington Redskins. Projected PPR points – 10.4 points
Jones has been struggling over the past few weeks, culminating in a poor week 7 performance against the Detroit Lions. He has always had a penchant for fumbling issues, and they have risen back up in an ugly way. Jones fumbled inside the 5-yard line last week and was subsequently benched in favor of Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson. Going forward, Matt Jones role and usage may be called into question, especially if he can’t cure his fumbleitis. Look for Jones to have a tough week against Cincinnati in London.
Conclusion: Start Booker over Jones
WR Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals. Projected PPR points – 6.1 points
LaFell has locked-in his role as the WR2 in Cincy, after an early season scare of losing the gig to Tyler Boyd. LaFell also had a huge game last week, catching 4 of 5 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown versus Cleveland. He has been on a tear recently, catching 4 touchdowns in his last 3 games. However, his success in London against the Redskins may not continue. With the expected return of red zone monster Tyler Eifert, LaFell may lose his red zone looks. Furthermore,
Conclusion: Start Booker over LaFell
Record to Date:
Player Projections: 2 – 4, 1 N/A
Start/Sit Recommendations: 9 – 3, 2 N/A